6/11/2014

Happy Birthday Grace City Church Tokyo!

Vision Statement of Grace City Church Tokyo, shown during our four year anniversary celebration service on June 8, 2014.


Vision Statement - Grace City Church Tokyo 2014 from Roger Lowther on Vimeo.

6/02/2014

Missionaries in Japan

A friend of ours, Micah Bomgaars, recently came to Japan and put together this short video from interviews he took for us.

3/11/2014

Juilliard Students & Alum Back In Tokyo!

Two Juilliard alumni, Joe (cello) and Sean (piano), and one current student, Doori (violin), are currently spending their spring break in Tokyo to help further our church planting in the community through relationship building.


In the picture above, Doori and Joe are performing in the lobby of the building complex next to where we live. This structure encompasses three apartment buildings, a grocery store, and many other small businesses and offices. I have been trying for years to get permission to use this space for a concert. The answer was always "No live music!" Ellie Honea, MTW missionary and Community Arts Tokyo staff, and Orange Preschool worked a miracle and finally obtained the necessary permission. Chairs were set up for 30 people. Over 200 showed up! A visible sign of our trust in the community and the power of the arts to gather people.


This picture shows a party in our Tokyo apartment for professional artists, an intimate time together for sharing a meal and our craft together. A surprise guest showed up, making the evening especially powerful. Read the whole story here. I am told that two other visitors were brought to tears in private conversations. The Spirit was palpably at work!

You can read other stories from their trip on their blog:
http://jcftojapan.tumblr.com/

1/25/2014

Nozomi Project

 
"Art that connects to the world, to each other, and to God"
Japan Harvest, Autumn 2013
READ ARTICLE

Roger Lowther's recent article about God using the arts to build community in the disaster area.

1/08/2014

Aroma of Christmas

What does it mean to experience the gospel? To see, touch, taste, hear, and smell the gospel? "The Aroma of Christmas," a message by Roger W. Lowther at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Memphis, Tennessee on December 29, 2013, explores how "Smelly Christians" can experience the "Smelly Gospel" at Christmas or any other time of the year.


12/19/2013

The Juilliard Journal


Read the latest article about our work in Japan in the disaster area, as seen through the eyes of a group of musicians and dancer who come to Japan every year to work with us.

"Helping New Life Come Out Of A Great Tragedy In Japan" by Stephanie Wu (Doctor of Music in Piano Performance, The Juilliard School)

11/20/2013

Global Missions Conference

How does a Japanese home help us understand the role of art in church planting in Japan? Find out through Roger Lowther's seminar at the Global Missions Conference in Greenville, South Carolina on November 9, 2013.